Press (and other coverage)

Independent Books of the Month tweet, March 2021
The Independent, Books of the Month, March 2021. Every breath you take article from iNews
Every Breath You Take: The I, centrefold article, March 2021. Wall Street Journal, 2015
Wall Street Journal review, June 2015.
Daily Mirror Atoms Under the Floorboards
Daily Mirror, feature article, September 2015.
IE&T Interview
E&T interview, March 2021.
Neil Mackay Big Read 2021
Herald 'Big Read', interview with Neil Mackay, March 2021.
Neil Mackay Big Read 2021
Herald 'Big Read', March 2021.
Airone feature 2019
Airone feature, Italy, 2019.
Il Venerdi Interview 2019
La Repubblica interview, Italy, 2019.
TPI 2019
TPI interview by Nicola Baroni, Italy, 2019.
Balance magazine 2021
Balance feature article, 2021.
New Scientist feature 2008
New Scientist review, 2008.
Mail Cool Stuff Exploded feature 2008
Daily Mail feature, 2008.
Wired/Geek Dad review, Cool Stuff Exploded, 2008
Wired/Geek Dad Review, 2008.
Boing Boing Atoms Under the Floorboards extract 2015
Boing Boing extract, 2015.
Sunday Times, South Africa, 2020
Sunday Times (South Africa), 2020.
L'Opinione (Italy), March 2021 article
L'Opinione (Italy), March 2021.
Olio Officina review 2019
Olio Officina (Italy), April 2019.
AIP science writing award 2016
American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award (Books), 2016.
Physics World Books of Year 2015
Physics World Books of the Year, 2015.
Chemistry World 2016
Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemistry World, 2016.
Pravda 2015
Pravda, Slovakia, 2015.
Fun Kids Radio 2021
Fun Kids Radio, 2021.
Cape Argus review
Cape Argus (South Africa) review, 2015.
NSTA recommends
NSTA Recommends, The Science Teacher, 2015.
Cape Times July 2015
Cape Times (South Africa), July 2015.
Harian Metro July 2018
Harian Metro (Malaysia), July 2018.
Solinger Tageblatt 2017
Solinger Tageblatt (Germany), 2017.
Süddeutsche Zeitung 2006
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), 2006.
Cape Times July 2015
Chicago Tribune, 2015.
Science book review
Science review, December 2006.
Times of India 2017
Times of India review of Explain that Stuff, 28 September 2017.
Galileo feature 2019
Galileo (Italy), August 2019.
Slate surfing science
Teaching Slate (France) the science of surfing, August 2015. (Photo by Shalom Jacobovitz, published on Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) licence.)
Anton Savage Show interview 2015
Freezing flowers in liquid nitrogen for the Anton Savage Show (Ireland), interview, March 2015.
La Repubblica 2018
La Repubblica/Il Gusto, celebrating World Chocolate Day, 2018.
Washington Post travel article 2021
The Washington Post, interview about climate change, September 2021.
Business Standard diesel engines
Business Standard (India), explaining diesel engines, January 2018.
Guardian podcast
The Guardian Podcast, interview about Stonehenge, December 2007.
Bosun Tijana tweet
Atoms Under the Floorboards pops up in Kenya, February 2020. Cleaner Air at Home, March 2023
Indoor air pollution, Country Homes & Interiors, March 2023. Times of India, June 2023
Why do skyscrapers wobble, Times of India (Student), June 2023.


From the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post to New Scientist and The Daily Mail, here's a random selection of press coverage from the last few years. There are many more reviews on the books page. My books are published all around the world so a few of these pieces are not in English. (But you do speak Slovak, don't you... so that's ok.)


Atoms Under the Floorboards

"Cool Stuff" books


Some of these are interviews, some are book reviews, some are one-off articles, some are translated versions of my articles published by other people, some feature quotes from me (or my alter ego, "Explain that Stuff"), and quite a few are just interesting, fleeting mentions.




Radio interviews and podcasts

Most of the interviews I've done aren't online, but here are a few that seem to have escaped the "delete" button:


I dropped out of academia and the citation rat-race many years ago and I don't write in peer-reviewed journals. But if you're interested in that sort of thing, you can find academic and technical citations to my books (and online articles) through my Google Scholar profile, a general search on Google Scholar (which, for some reason, gives a lot more results), and via Google Books. Take all this with a pinch of salt: like everything Google does, these are automatically "aggregated" and very flawed. I'm not a scholar!


From the Newbury snail to the Stonehenge tunnel, here are a few choice press pieces from my parallel life as an environmental campaigner.